Archive for December, 2019

On Becoming Connected

My beloved and I get along most stupendously. I don’t say this lightly or in a ‘Evangelical Christian” way, to say something that ain’t so to make it so. We really do get along great. What’s our secret? We both bend, but we don’t break.

We have such different tastes in many, many areas. I love technology. She hates most of it. I couldn’t wait to get my first computer in 1990. She gets all glassy eyed over plants on sale at WallyWorld. I’m thinking of getting the latest and greatest from Apple. She has finally gotten the hang of texting and Pinterest and decided her next cell phone will be similar to a flip phone.

I love movies, T.V., drama, stories, suspense, action and plot. Not her. Just the facts please. She would rather listen to a good teacher about Torah than 100 offerings of the Netflix fare.

Don’t get me wrong. I love good Torah teaching, too. But my entertainment diet has to be watched carefully because the Yetser Hara (the Evil Inclination, a tool of Satan) knows my weakness and exploits it when he can.

And this brings me to the point of this treatise. Since we decided to leave the mainstream and convert to Judaism, we have to work to maintain balance in our lives. Because, if nothing else, Judaism is about balance.

Most of Christianity has this conversion thing so wrong. You don’t just walk down the aisle and ‘accept Jesus in your heart’ and you are ‘Saved’ and your ticket to Heaven is secure. In Judaism, you become righteous/generous and grow toward HaShem (the Creator of the Universe) and by the way, (spoiler alert) nobody goes to Heaven. You’re either going back to Gan Eden (the Garden of Eden) or being eliminated completely. That’s right, according to the Sages of Judaism, there is no ‘permanent’ Hell. Now there is Gehinnom, which is not to pleasant, but it is for tikkun (correction) and never lasts more than a year.

I think now would be a good time to interject my personal belief on the afterlife. Any time someone tells you what is going to happen after you check out of this incarnation, take it with a grain (grain? how about a spoonful) of salt. The obvious reason is because the stairway to Heaven is a one way ride. Now I know that there are people that have had NDE’s (Near Death Experiences) and I don’t discount their encounters. But that’s the key, it was THEIR experience, not yours. HaShem, most blessed be He, may have something entirely different in store for you.

So, do NOT, base your actions because someone said they’ve been there and this is the way it is. Base your actions on what the Holy One tells you. Just make sure you know it’s the Holy One, the Ancient of Days.

How do you know it is G-d directing you down a certain path? This is the reason my beloved and I get along so well. We have a relationship. We talk to each other. We know each other.

This is what you must have with the Creator, blessed be He. Read His Word, pray to Him and follow His directions. Now, you don’t have to be Jewish and have a Siddur (Jewish prayer book) to pray to G-d. He created YOU! He loves YOU! He wants to hear from YOU! My advice on reading His Word is that you learn Hebrew if you want to get the correct translation. I know, I know, learning a language is very difficult and Hebrew is really difficult. So if you’re going to continue to read the Bible in your native tongue, here is a rule I have found helpful. If you read something that contradicts or nullifies the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy) it is most probably mis -translated and needs further research to see what went wrong.

Becoming a Jew for me is a process. I’m still walking it out. I’m definitely a work in progress. But guess what, we all are. The thing is at the end of the day, you need to be able to say … I think I’m a little bit closer to you HaShem, Todah Raba (thank you very very much), because we never are stagnant, we either grow to Him or away from Him.

December 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm 1 comment

Servant

I am a servant of the Most High, The Creator of Everything Created. I wake up to serve Him and sleep to wake up to serve Him. If I am doing something for myself, it is ultimately to serve Him the more. I want to serve Him 24/7/365. That is my goal in life.

Some say that that goes too far. That no one can or should “give up his life” that HaShem gave him. That is their opinion, not mine

I do not seek reward for this lifestyle. I know that I will be given my ‘just deserts’ in the end. The thing is the more I seek to serve Him, the more I am rewarded. If not materialistically then spiritually. Or both.

December 24, 2019 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Thoughts of Living a Long Life

I woke up for the 3rd or 4th time today at about 5:30. I’m getting better at just getting up and not lying there for another 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes or so. I realized later that I got up because today looked to be a great day. When you have hope, it’s easier to throw the legs down and get the torso off the rack.

I plan on living life till HaShem (G-d) takes me off this rock. Next year will mark my 7th decade here. The Word says in Psalms that man is afforded 7 maybe 8 if in strength. Then there’s the quote about 12. (Gen 6:3) And HaShem said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever in his going astray. He is flesh, and his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

Whatever I’m allotted, I want to make the most of it. If you’ve ever visited a Nursing Home or the like you know what I’m talking about. I don’t know whose at fault for the condition of some of our Senior citizens but they are in bad shape! If I’ve got up to 5 decades left, I dang sure don’t want to end up close to vegetation stage like some I’ve seen.

My beloved was certainly a wise choice for me. That woman is adamant about living healthy. We eat healthy, and eating healthy and kosher is no small feat. We don’t smoke. I used to smoke but she finally convinced me the balance sheet of momentary pleasure benefits versus long term health deficits was no contest. She never smoked. I still drink beer and liquor in moderation. For some reason, she can’t. It just don’t agree with her.

You ought to see how that woman cooks!!! She researches (pinterest, facebook, books, et. al.). She has all kinds of cool gadgets, (go-sun cooker, grinders, mashers, etc.) She fixed me up some squash that looked like green colored spaghetti. Throw some parmesan cheese on top and it is DELICIOUS! Right now she’s on the Keto diet. I’m trying to stay slim and trim to stay off of it. It don’t look like fun.

I’m not in tip top shape and haven’t been since arthritis attacked in ’84 and the cancer in ’07. But the only prescription medication I am on is the daily Thyroid pill and I plan on keeping it that way. Although, I have heard that BSO (black seed oil, sold by Dr. Fitt, https://drfitt.com/black-seed-oil/ ) can help that thyroid. I’ve tried it and it had adverse effects on my colon but I may try it again.

So now we get to the main treatment for against a miserable old age… the brain. Because if you’re brain goes south then you’re toast. I pray every day that I never think that I have achieved all I will achieve in knowledge. Just like the universe the brain is ever expanding. But it won’t expand unless YOU expand it!!! . I am learning Torah (the Bible), Hebrew and computer. I help when and where I can with a local group helping Senior citizen shut-ins.

That’s my plan. I hope you have one too. Don’t wait till it’s too late. Seventy slips up on you like a thief in the night.

December 16, 2019 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment


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